Monday, March 26, 2012

Probiotics: What Can They Really Do For You?

Foods with probiotics are all the rage. Every so often, we're presented with the latest and greatest new gut-friendly food, jam packed with this-many-billion live active cultures in every serving. But before you shell out the big bucks, check out today's myth and truth to see what probiotics can really do for you.

MYTH 10: All foods that contain probiotics will benefit your health.

THE TRUTH: Probiotics are “good” bacteria that are either naturally found in food or may be added to foods such as dairy products including yogurt, cheese and milk-based beverages. When eaten regularly, in the right amounts, probiotics may help keep your immune system healthy and help maintain the good bacteria in your intestine. Certain types of probiotics may help reduce some forms of diarrhea and symptoms of irritable bowel disease in some people. Not all foods with added probiotics will offer health benefits. We’re still learning which probiotics are best, how much to take, and how long to take them for different health benefits.

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